Mid-March Writing Madness: My busiest month yet!

Oof, my weekly “What’s Happening?” posts are going in spurts and sputters, but hopefully I’ll be more consistent in the future. I’d appreciate any help from all 3 of you readers. If you have any venues, websites, or events you’d like me to check out, please send them my way! You can email me at info@jlowatari.com or even leave a comment here.

March has been a particularly busy month of publications for me. ::party balloons fall from the ceiling::

Kermit flails his arms excitedly

I’m very proud of myself this month, and I hope for more and even busier months as my freelance career continues. Without further ado, here are some of my articles and blog posts you can check out!

Edible San Diego

I have not one… but TWO articles in the March/April issue of Edible San Diego. Okay, okay, one of them is a short book review, so maybe it doesn’t count, but I’m excited regardless! The other is an interview I did with date farmer Andrea Hankins, who’s supported the industry and other farmers through her hard work.

You can pick up issues in local restaurants or flip through online.

PASTE Magazine

I’ve been sending in articles once a week to the Drink section of PASTE Magazine. Originally, I started reading the blog for its music section, but one day I strolled to the Drink section and was amazed at the lack of beer material! Though I will admit that I enjoyed reading about the bars highlighted in the Craft Beer Guide to San Diego, so I was inspired to hit up the editor with a few ideas.

And my Beginner’s Guide series was born, starting with the Beginner’s Guide to Craft Beer. I followed that with an interview with two BJCP judges to help give tips to newbies about tasting beer, and have been sending articles going more in-depth into each style. So far, Belgians and porters/stouts have been published, but keep an eye out for sours, lagers, and wheats!

PeriodView Blog

This one is fun, low-stress, and pretty interesting too! I always thought that I was fairly knowledgeable about women’s issues, including reproductive health, but as I’ve researched, what I’ve most learned is that I only have a very basic knowledge. Hopefully I can impart some of new knowledge to you in easy-to-read, digestible chunks.

My first post started off with my menstrual love… menstrual cups! I also talk about yoga and simple stretches to relieve menstrual cramps and tenseness at home or at your office/classroom desk.

I have a few others coming up that you’ll find listed once they’re up.

San Diego Jewish Journal

I met the editor-in-chief Natalie at Show & Tell, a very irregular meetup for creative professionals (or aspiring creative professionals) who are stuck in their home office or studio (or wherever) all day. She encouraged me to send her some pitches. You can see the first of those pitches here, an article about recording engineer and music community builder Roy Silverstein.

Next month, you’ll find an article on Jonathan Eig, author of The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution (<– Amazon Affiliates link). He’s an honest-to-god “real” writer and I was pretty much hyperventilating for the 30 minutes leading up to the phone interview. What if he thinks I’m a crock? I got through the interview okay, and hopefully the article isn’t a complete mess and he doesn’t hate me, but you know, whatever. I’m cool. I’m chill. ::breathes heavily for 20 minutes thinking about it::

What’s to Come

I already have a couple of upcoming assignments for Edible, San Diego Jewish Journal, and another big one that I’m crossing my fingers for. I will also continue writing for the PeriodView blog and would love to continue my relationship with PASTE Magazine. So who knows, maybe I’ll have another cool update in April?

After all my excitement, I leave you with a heartwarming yet sad video of a dog that made me cry for a half hour.

What’s Happening This Week? (December 12-18, 2014)

We’ve got lots of crafty things happening this weekend! We’re down to the wire for holiday shopping, right? What are you guys planning? Are you staying in town or braving the airports?

Friday, 12/12

  • Visual Shop SD will be showing “Homely for the Holidays” over the weekend starting today from Poortraits artist Nick McPherson.  Visual Shop is open from 12-7pm on Fridays and 12-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • 5pm: Whistlestop Bar hosts Stormy Lights Opening Party with deluxe re-crafted lamps by Garriss, music, videos, and a food truck.

Saturday, 12/13

Handmade Holiday San Diego at the San Diego Central LIbrary

  • 9:30am-4pm: The first annual Handmade Holiday features over 30 vendors, 4 local bands (including Erik Canzona from The Heavy Guilt), and various family activities all to benefit the San Diego Central Library. Music starts at noon.
  • 12pm: If you’re shopping for the beer lover in your life… or you’d rather drink beer than watch local artists… then check out the Green Flash Grand Holiday Marketplace.
  • 6-10pm: Ray at Night
  • 7-10pm: Have you been wanting a look at the North Park Post Office building since it started going under construction? Now’s your chance. Low Gallery and Joe Sloan presents Full Disclosure, “a show about process.”
  • 8pm: Old Main, a holiday horror radio play at Finest City Improv. Tinsel, mistletoe, and axe murders!

Sunday, 12/14

  • 11am-11pm: This all day party will have everything for families and non-families. Sledding on real snow, an animal adoption area (adopt responsibly!), skateboard demo, live music, and of course… beer! Bring new toys or clothes or a $5 donation to enter.
  • 11:30am-4pm: Blind Lady Ale House hosts the annual Craft & Draft, organized by Laura Lande. Drink beer and buy local gifts.
  • 2-5pm: If you’d rather not venture downtown to show your kids some good ol’ family fun, take them over to the Kensington Library Park on Adams. The event features Santa, snow, and the San Diego Creative Arts Project.
  • 8-10pm: Long Story Short: Wild Card at Broke Girls. “What’s the topic? You decide!” This is an improv storytelling show.

Monday, 12/15:

  • 5-9pm: Yelp presents Merry Marketplace at SILO in the Makers Quarter. This 21+ holiday shopping bazaar will feature local goods and Etsy artisans, entertainment, free bites, and drinks.

What’s Happening This Week? (November 7-13, 2014)

Let’s skip over the fact that I haven’t done one of these event roundup posts in three years. Three years? Good Lord. Yeah, let’s just forget about that. “What’s Happening This Week?” is a weekly (duh) roundup of art, food, beer, and craft events around San Diego. It does have a bias towards Uptown events… but I want this to become a comprehensive weekly resource, so please, please, please let me know if I’m missing anything, if there are any cool galleries I should check out, etc!

This week we have my mom’s birthday, the monthly Ray At Night Art Walk with a photographer’s opening reception at Visual, and readings.

Saturday, 11/8:

  • 6-10pm: Ray at Night Art Walk. Artists’ receptions, boutiques, and galleries in addition to live street performances and local food vendors, held between University Ave. and North Park Way in North Park!
  • 6-10pm: As part of Ray at Night, Visual Shop (3776 30th St) will be holding the opening reception for Echoes, a solo exhibition of photographic works by Brittni Cute. Music and entertainment from Modern Times Brewery and Roric.
  • 7-9pm: Brought to you by The Radvocate and So Say We All, The Radvocate Reading Show is an evening of fiction and poetry readings and unofficial release party for their horror anthology States of Terror – Vol. 1. Beer and wine provided so 21+ only. $5 suggested donation. @ the Media Arts Center (2921 El Cajon Blvd).

Saturday, 11/9:

  • 7-8:30pm: “Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda…” Stories of regret, opportunities missed, and lessons learned. So Say We All presents Long Story Short at Broke Girls’ Coffee Bar (3562 Adams Ave). $5 suggested donation.

Tuesday, 11/11:

  • 7pm: Perform, collaborate, get feedback at the Music Collective, hosted by Expressive Arts (3201 Thorn St). $5-10 suggested donation.
  • 10pm: Whistlestop (2236 Fern St) presents Videodrome, music videos, viral videos, clips, and trailers. Free.

Thursday, 11/13:

  • Happy birthday, Mama!
  • 6-9pm: Craft Beer & Bites (SDBW Edition) at the Makers Quarter (1050 Park Blvd) presents live music and live art demonstrations, along with a homebrewing station, local craft beer and food trucks, craft cocktails, and wine. $20 in advance or $30 at the door.
  • 8:30pm: The Tin Can hosts their weekly open mic. Buy a burger from Doods Foods ’til 10pm. And cocktails and craft beer at the bar ’til close. No cover.

Did I miss anything? Do you have a opening reception, art show, poetry reading, open mic, meetup group, etc. coming up? Shoot me an email at info@jlowatari.com.

Happening This Week (March 28 – April 3, 2011)

  • Monday, 3/28, 4-8pm: Meet the Brewer of Bruton Brewery at Hamilton’s. They’ll also have a limited amount of Bruton bottled beer for sale. More details on the brewer here.
  • Wednesday, 3/30: It’s 30th on 30th! Check out great restaurants and bars from Normal Heights all the way down to South Park. Here are the specials going on.
  • Wednesday, 3/30, 6-9pm: A little upset with the name, but whatever, it’s for a good cause. Register for Man Diego, a fundraiser for Mama’s Kitchen, hosted by True North Tavern on 30th Street. A tournament-style competition. $10 to watch, $60 to enter the competition. You need a team of 2, and it includes t-shirts, 2 complimentary drinks, and 2 faux ‘staches.
  • Thursday, 3/31, 8:30pm: VAMP: Too Much Information at Whistle Stop.
  • Thursday, 3/31: Alchemy’s big 2-year anniversary party
  • Friday, 4/1, 11:30am: Happy April Fools! But this isn’t a prank. My favorite pizza and beer shop (and former employer), Blind Lady Ale House, is now open for lunch on Friday. While you’re there with a friend, try the Big Bland Blind Beer Challenge and try to figure out which crappy beers are which. And Alesmith X on cask for only $2 until 2pm, increasing by $1 every hour after that until 6pm.
  • Saturday, 4/2, 8am-12pm: Grand Opening of the Golden Hill Certified Farmers Market. The market will be on B Street between 27th and 28th Streets. This is right in my neighborhood, AND they take EBT.
  • Sunday, 4/3, 11am-6pm: San Diego Thread Show

Happening This Week (February 14-20, 2011)

This week is a very busy week for beer drinkers! (And I count Valentine’s Day as a very heavy drinking day! ;))

  • Monday, 2/14: Happy Valentine’s Day!
  • Monday, 2/14, 7-9pm: Knitting in the Heights at Twigg’s, every 2nd & 4th Monday. 2804 Adams Ave.
  • Tuesday, 2/15: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer being tapped at Hamilton’s, with Derek Freese hanging out.
  • Tuesday, 2/15, 5-7pm: Knit Night at the North Park Library.
  • Wednesday, 2/16: Third Wednesday Drinkabout, starting at 7pm from Blind Lady or 7:10pm at Hamiltons.
  • Friday, 2/18: Firkin Friday at Hamilton’s. Cask of Alesmith My Bloody Valentine being tapped.
  • Friday, 2/18, 5pm: Pliny the Younger vs. Pliny the Elder at Blind Lady Ale House.
  • Friday, 2/18, 10pm: Head to El Dorado downtown for this month’s Full Moon Bike Ride.
  • Saturday, 2/19, 11:30am: BLAH will be tapping their last keg of Automatic’s Will Powered IPA, named after and by Will Ferrell himself for the Cancer for College benefit.
  • Saturday, 2/19, 2pm: Wild Willow Farm Potluck.  Volunteer opportunities, farm tour, potluck, and a movie.
  • Saturday, 2/19, 2pm: El Take It Easy will be showing La Grand Bouffe as part of their Meet Meat Matinee events.
  • Saturday, 2/19, 8pm: Vermin on the Mount: A Night of Irreverent Readings at Sushi Performance & Visual Art. Featuring several authors doing readings, some of them native San Diegans!
  • Sunday, 2/20: Salsa Sushi Sunday sounds like a very interesting fusion of food styles.
  • Sunday, 2/20, 11:30am: Russian River sours at Blind Lady Ale House for their “After the Pliny” event.

Blind Lady Ale House’s 2nd Anniversary!

Most of you guys know that I worked at Blind Lady. It was a really great experience where I gained two things: 1) a lot of knowledge about food and beer, and 2) a lot of weight!

Anyway, BLAH’s TWO-year anniversaty starts right NOW, today! And hoo boy, I’m so glad I’m not working this event, because it sounds like it’s going to be a madhouse! (It’s a good thing that they’ve expanded since their first year anniversary, too!)

Here are the events that are lined up:

  • TODAY, Wed 1/26: Open at 5pm. Russian River Consecration, Temptation, and Redemption on tap. And a sneak peek of the 2-year anniversary t-shirts! And Anniversary postcards.
  • Thurs 1/27: Open at 5pm. Official start of the anniversary week. Hangar 24 Flight! Plus, the first 155 people will receive a free BLAH/H24 Collaborative Anniversary Glass and will be able to get $2 fills of H24 Alt or Orange Wheat.
  • Fri 1/28: Open at 11:30am. Another 155-glass giveaway. You can also buy a glass for $5.
  • Sat 1/29: Open at 11:30am. Hangar 24 brewers and staff will be bringing a special cask in the morning. Then at 3pm, 200 BLAH Anniversary koozies will be given out with the sale of cans. (Several Avery, Maui, and Oscar Blues!)
  • Sun 1/30: Open at 11:30am. Automatic Brewing Release Party. Then at 3pm, there’ll be a Jolly Pumpkin Flight.

Blind Lady Ale House
@ 3416 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 255-2491

The Trappist (Oakland, CA)

Is it weird that I’m starting this San Diego blog while I’m in the Bay Area? I am incredibly homesick for San Diego, and places like this make me miss San Diego more, not because it sucks, but because it’s so good and reminds me of home.

The Trappist is a craft beer bar that specializes in Belgians, serving 28 rotating taps and over 100 specialty bottles. Not only do they serve Belgians, they serve Belgian-style beer by American craft breweries (Green Flash Le Freak!), and I also saw a non-Belgian style IPA (Firestone Union Jack, mm).

The Trappist also serves food: nibblies like a bowl of olives, a cheese plate, and a charcuterie plate (called The Trappist Plate), and more substantial, single-person food like salads and sandwiches. I indulged in the Trappist Plate, which came with 4 different cured meats, plus some cornichons, other pickled veggies, and anchovies. My friends ordered pork and beans (with pork belly!), and a spicy sausage placed in French bread.

The Trappist Plate, with four different meats and some pickled vegetables. Taken on my pathetic iPhone camera.

All-in-all, a good experience. If you love Belgians and are in the Bay Area, definitely check this place out for their beer selection and quality food.

The Trappist
460 8th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
(510)238-8900